Bernstein Research says average commercial ratings plus three days of time shifting (C3) sank 6% during the period was better than the 8% decline in the third quarter.
These results came from Nielsen prime-time adults 18-49 viewers; and total day kids 2-11 viewers.
Kids TV viewing climbed 2% in the period, although the increase was not uniform across all cable kids channels, with three of Nickelodeon’s networks witnessed a 15% gain the fourth quarter. Non-Nick kids networks sank 15% during the period.
Why the overall rise for kids TV?
Todd Juenger of Bernstein Research says: “Kids tend not to fast-forward commercials (at least not as much as adults do), so the increase in time-shifted viewing results in a larger increase in C3 for kids than for adults." (C3 only counts commercial audiences, and only if they do not fast-forward the ads.).
Taking out kids TV viewing, TV commercial ratings declined 7% in the fourth quarter compared to a 9% drop in the fourth quarter 2014.
Juenger says the slight improvement in adults TV commercial ratings came from higher viewership of presidential election primary debates; Major League Baseball playoffs/World Series; and Fox’s added “Empire” ratings in the last quarter of 2015.
Bernstein Research also says Nielsen’s Homes Using Television/People Using Television data was similarly down about 6% to that of C3’s decline during the period.